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In International journal of audiology ; h5-index 32.0

OBJECTIVE : As a step towards the development of an audiological diagnostic supporting tool employing machine learning methods, this article aims at evaluating the classification performance of different audiological measures as well as Common Audiological Functional Parameters (CAFPAs). CAFPAs are designed to integrate different clinical databases and provide abstract representations of measures.

DESIGN : Classification and evaluation of classification performance in terms of sensitivity and specificity are performed on a data set from a previous study, where statistical models of diagnostic cases were estimated from expert-labelled data.

STUDY SAMPLE : The data set contains 287 cases.

RESULTS : The classification performance in clinically relevant comparison sets of two competing categories was analysed for audiological measures and CAFPAs. It was found that for different audiological diagnostic questions a combination of measures using different weights of the parameters is useful. A set of four to six measures was already sufficient to achieve maximum classification performance which indicates that the measures contain redundant information.

CONCLUSIONS : The current set of CAFPAs was confirmed to yield in most cases approximately the same classification performance as the respective optimum set of audiological measures. Overall, the concept of CAFPAs as compact, abstract representation of auditory deficiencies is confirmed.

Buhl Mareike, Warzybok Anna, Schädler Marc René, Kollmeier Birger


Audiological diagnostics, ROC analysis, classification, machine learning